Polyamory is the practice of, or desire for, intimate relationships involving more than two people, with the knowledge and CONSENT of everyone involved. It’s consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy, aka. NOT CHEATING. Polyamorous arrangements are varied, reflecting the choices and philosophies of the individuals involved. An emphasis on ethics, honesty, and transparency all around is widely regarded as the crucial defining characteristic. As of July 2009, it was estimated that more than 500,000 polyamorous relationships existed in the United States.